Nunatsiaq News
-none- November 24, 2006 - 2:37 pm

Taissumani: A Day in Arctic History Nov. 24, 1931 – Ghost Ship: The Disappearance of the Bayc

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KENN HARPER

The Baychimo was a Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship that plied the waters of the western Canadian Arctic.
Built in Sweden for the Baltic trade in 1914, she was 229 feet in length and powered by triple-expansion three-cylinder engines. The Hudson’s Bay Company purchased her in 1921,...

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Around the Arctic November 24, 2006 - 2:05 pm

Nancy supports Stéphane Dion

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Nunavut’s Liberal MP, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, announced this past Friday that she’ll support Stéphane Dion, the former Liberal environment minister, for the leadership of her party.

“I was impressed with his ability to grasp the unique challenges of the North and to connect with the people,”...

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Nunavik November 24, 2006 - 2:02 pm

Workshop teaches women business basics

Pauktuutit wants training offered in all Inuit regions

JANE GEORGE

Next month, Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s association, will hold a business training workshop in Inukjuak for Inuit women from the Hudson coast of Nunavik.

It’s free to women who are eager to learn about business or owning a business.

“If you’d like to meet women with the same interests,...

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Nunavik November 24, 2006 - 1:59 pm

No booze, no drugs, no jail for dope dealers

Pair serve sentences at home for operating pot pipeline to North

JANE GEORGE

Two former drug dealers in Salluit won’t be boozing, smoking up or partying while they serve out their conditional sentences at home.

Maggie Saviadjuk, 27, and her spouse, Isaacie Okituk, 34, are under house arrest for their role in the drug pipeline, broken up last year by the “Project Crystal”...

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Nunavik November 24, 2006 - 1:34 pm

Hockey stick killer gets seven years

Co-accused in brutal slaying to be released in less than four years

JANE GEORGE

Thomassie Koneak, 25, one of three Kuujjuaq men accused in the brutal killing of a Kativik Regional Government employee, will spend the next 42 months behind bars as the result of a plea bargain.

This past Monday in Amos, Quebec, Judge Jacques Viens sentenced Koneak to seven years in jail, minus...

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Iqaluit November 24, 2006 - 1:32 pm

Around Iqaluit

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Iqaluit this week

Francophone Association 25th anniversary events
Annual General Meeting: Friday, Nov. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Francophone Centre.

Banquet and Live entertainment: Saturday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the Francophone Centre. Tickets are $25. For information, call Sabrina at...

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Iqaluit November 24, 2006 - 1:31 pm

Money pours in to rebuild St. Jude’s

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DAN BENOIT

Parishioners are one step closer to rebuilding Iqaluit’s St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral, with $500,000 raised in the past five months.
But they’re still a long way from the $6 million they need to pay for construction of a new igloo-shaped cathedral.

The longtime Iqaluit landmark - one...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:29 pm

Speak louder, NTI delegates tell Ottawa leaders

“They do not want the Kelowna Accord. They want the Colonial Accord.”

JIM BELL

Speak louder on our behalf.

That’s what delegates at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit last week told two prominent Ottawa-based Inuit leaders: Nunavut MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell and ITK president Mary Simon.
This past Thursday, the two leaders made oral presentations to...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:27 pm

Taxes up, jobs frozen to curb GN deficit

Smokers, transient workers will pay more

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JOHN THOMPSON

The Government of Nunavut will increase taxes and freeze hiring to reduce a growing deficit that’s projected for the end of the 2006-07 fiscal year, Finance Minister David Simailak announced this past Tuesday, in his mid-year fiscal update.
These changes are needed, Simailak said,...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:26 pm

CamBay wants Christmas booze ban

Housing association gets tough on bootleggers, dope sellers

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JOHN THOMPSON

Concerned residents in Cambridge Bay have one Christmas wish this year: a holiday that’s free of the broken windows, kicked-in doors, drunken brawling and alcohol-related deaths that have plagued the community since the summer.

That’s why the hamlet council decided Nov. 9 to ask the...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:25 pm

Entrench Inuit education rights, NTI says

“It uplifts the spirit when students have a chance to go out on the land.”

JIM BELL

The Nunavut government’s amended Education Act must guarantee the right of Inuit students in every Nunavut community to receive instruction from kindergarten to Grade 12 in either Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun, Nunavut Tunngavik delegates said in a resolution last week.

In their four-part resolution,...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:24 pm

Premier wants new jail

“We’re still waiting. We’re still lobbying.”

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JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut’s premier, Paul Okalik, says he signed a petition that calls for a child rapist to leave Iqaluit to protest against what he believes is a lack of specific programming and treatment for such offenders in the territory.

The petition started about two weeks ago, shortly after...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:22 pm

Okalik to “look into” sex offender registry

Public cannot access information contained in national database

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JOHN THOMPSON

Public outrage over the recent release of an unrepentant child rapist in Iqaluit overlooks one important fact: even if Jason Hikoalok left town, there are plenty more like him.

Yet the names and faces of other men who have sexually abused children remain unknown to many parents,...

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Nunavut November 24, 2006 - 1:21 pm

Report: Nunavik child protection puts kids at risk

“The population should be made to confront the increasingly degrading situation of its young people.”

JANE GEORGE

Children in distress who live in Nunavik’s Ungava coast communities are left in the hands of abusers by youth protection services, mistreated in foster homes, and made victims of a public system that offers them little protection, says a chilling report by Quebec’s Commission on Human Rights and...

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-none- November 17, 2006 - 2:38 pm

Taissumani: A Day in Arctic History November 20, 1917 – In Memory of John Shiwak, Inuit Sniper

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KENN HARPER

With Remembrance Day just over, northerners might like to know a little of the life of John Shiwak, an Inuit hunter and trapper from Labrador who died in France during the First World War.

His family name was originally Sikoak – newly-formed ice – but family memory says it was changed...

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Climate Change November 17, 2006 - 10:26 am

Children’s book touted at UN conference

Greenlandic story tells kids how they can fight global warming

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A new children’s book about a young Greenlandic boy coming to terms with climate change was promoted this week at a United Nations conference on the issue in Nairobi, Kenya.
The book, Tore and the Town on Thin Ice by Carole Douglis warns about climate catastrophe and urges children to fight climate...

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Nunavik November 17, 2006 - 10:24 am

Crime-busting hockey works well in Nunavik

Young players pledge to attend school, volunteer in communities

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The Nunavik Youth Development Program, which uses hockey as a crime prevention tool, is progressing well, says the Kativik Regional Government.
During the last week of October, local hockey trainers met in Kuujjuaq to learn new drills and teach hockey to youth from five to 16.

An...

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Nunavik November 17, 2006 - 10:23 am

Kuujjuaq mayor seeks tips from Iqaluit

Larry Watt to visit Elisapee Sheutiapik for hints on governing

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ – Next month, the mayors of Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit will compare notes on the challenges of managing a growing Arctic community.
That’s because Larry Watt, the mayor of Kuujjuaq, is planning a visit to Iqaluit, where he will attend a city council meeting and see the city for himself.

This...

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Nunavik November 17, 2006 - 10:07 am

SQ withdrawal leaves Nunavik with police problems

Many new recruits still being trained, while meth poses new threat

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The Sûreté du Québec is gone.
The SQ pulled out of Kuujjuaq last week after racking up a bill of more than $1.5 million that either Quebec or the Kativik Regional Government will have to pay, rotating 80 officers in and out of the region and opening 500 new criminal files.

The...

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Iqaluit November 17, 2006 - 10:06 am

Iqaluit this week

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Rummage and bake sale
Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the parish hall. Purchase baked goods, enjoy company, have a coffee and more.

Coffee house
Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Inuksuk High. Presented by the high school’s graduating class. Donations appreciated.

Flu clinic...

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Nunavut November 17, 2006 - 10:04 am

One woman’s war: unraveling German secrets

“I know I personally saved lives by breaking all those codes”

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DAN BENOIT

Remembrance Day has special meaning for Marje Lalonde of Iqaluit.
While Canadians remembered the sacrifices that fighting men made in far away lands during conflicts like the Second World War, Lalonde remembers that men weren’t the only ones who served this country in its hour of...

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Nunavut November 17, 2006 - 10:02 am

Cape Dorset’s Annie Pootoogook wins prestigious art award

Honor for outstanding new artist comes with $50,000 in cash

JANE GEORGE

Canada’s art community gathered last week at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to honour Annie Pootoogook of Cape Dorset.
Pootoogook, 37, won the 2006 Sobey Art Award, given to outstanding new artists.

Pootoogook is known for her realistic portraits of northern life, which show everything from...

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Nunavut November 17, 2006 - 9:57 am

From the mouths of babes

Youth parliament behaves better than elected members

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JOHN THOMPSON

If Nunavut’s young people ran the territory, there would be more drug-sniffing police dogs, fewer bingo nights, and a massive amount of money spent on building and upgrading youth centres, ice rinks and other recreation facilities in the smaller communities.
There would also be an...

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Nunavut November 17, 2006 - 9:51 am

Housing shortage threatens family abuse bill

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JOHN THOMPSON

When Nunavut’s legislature reconvenes next week, one of the more contentious legislative proposals to be put before the house could be Bill 16, Nunavut’s proposed Family Abuse Prevention Act.

This draft law, which passed first and second reading this June, would give police the...

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Nunavut November 17, 2006 - 9:49 am

Child rapist free

Hikoalok forbidden to contact children

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JOHN THOMPSON

Iqaluit RCMP released Jason Hikoalok, a convicted child rapist considered to be at a high risk to reoffend, from custody last week after a week-long hearing aimed at imposing conditions on his release.

The conditions, imposed by Justice Earl Johnson, forbid Hikoalok, 26, from being...

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